The decision to become a non-executive director (NED) is significant one for both the company and the NED. I am lucky enough to have a wide and challenging range of companies with whom I work.
I am happy to talk to other companies about how I could work with them. Time spent time getting to know one another before any commitment is made by either of us is a pre-requisite.
The first stage is to establish that there is a need for a NED. On some occasions, consultancy will be more appropriate – at least for a period. We also both need to be confident that I bring the relevant experience and skills.
Then, there is the vital question of “chemistry”; the relationship between a NED and any company needs to be built not only mutual respect and trust, but also requires that there is a mutual liking for one other.